KOOP SUGGESTS NEW RESTRAINTS ON ALCOHOL

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Surgeon General Everett Koop called Wednesday for an all-out campaign against drunken driving, including restrictions on advertising, tougher standards for drivers, and higher taxes on alcoholic beverages. Mr. Koop said he did not favor a return to prohibition but wanted to save the 25,000 lives lost each year in alcohol-related accidents.

He called on Congress to restrict alcohol advertising and marketing practices, especially those aimed at youths.

Koop said states should reduce the level of blood-alcohol content that determines drunken driving from its level of 0.10 percent to 0.04 percent by the year 2000.

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Excise taxes on alcoholic beverages should be increased and should be based on their alcohol content, he said. He recommended that states consider a minimum 5-cent-a-drink tax increase on alcoholic beverages.

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